Saturday, April 9, 2011


Finally spring is upon us. Today was in the high 60's, sunny and all around a fabulous day. I would have rather spent my time after work playing disc golf, but no one was around, and I don't exactly enjoy playing a round all by myself... so I headed back to Johnson Park to take some more pictures. I am very glad that I ended up doing that because I got some excellent shots.

There is a scenic drive that goes through the forest section of the park and that is where I was headed today. I went to that park one other time, but I had taken pictures along the riverbank, so I knew I had to go somewhere else. I was starting to get slightly tired of taking pictures in parks, I felt like I was running out of ideas. Today I got all kinds of lucky and took lots of shots that I'm very excited about.

I started out in aperture mode, but when looking at my first few images on the camera they seemed to be over-exposed so I went manual. This is only the second time I've done much playing around in manual. I understand all the settings well, but I'm slightly lazy and would rather just change shutter speed or aperture, instead of both... But it was a good experience today and I'm happy with the results.

I have little else to talk about, I just want to show off today's work.
Picture time:
[This is most certainly my favorite shot of the day. The color is just stunning. The imagery is pretty excellent as well. This is a flower or something I found growing right through the edge of this fallen and rotting log. Life from death I guess I could describe it if I wanted to get artsy.]
[Close up of the same plant. Below is it in black and white]

[This was odd plant I found along a small stream of water through the area. I've got a few more shots of this type of plant, along with one I found inside the stream]

[the stream]

[Cool downed log. I really liked the pattern of the bark, along with that little leaf that had landed on it. The third image is just the first one in black and white]


[While walking the trail I saw some green in the woods, which is about the first time I've seen any new life while out taking pictures, so I had to get some shots. When I got up closer I found this plant along with the stem and head of a long dead flower. I just loved how it looked like it was part of the same plant, but it's really not. Just cool.]

As always the rest of my images from the day are on my Flickr account: Johnson Park Set

Generally I like to include funny things at the end of my blog, but today I will break away from the habit. Lately I have been listening to string quartets playing basically epic rock versions of compositions. I'm not exactly sure what to call the type of music, but I love it. Normally I would say that I dislike orchastra instruments because I find most orchestra music boring, but this stuff is, well, epic.
So enjoy these two songs: (second one is my favorite)

Comments, I demand them.


  1. I was a little worried when I started reading this blog about your photos from "Johnson Park", luckily the pictures didn't contain any... well, you know. In fact, instead of that I got to see some hot chicks playing violins at the end, what a nice surprise. Though it sounds like their compositions are about 75% electronic, a few pretty faces always helps you sell a few tracks.

    - Andy

  2. Oh, ps... nice pics. I am enjoying your forays into the realm of manual mode. Even though I don't know what that means. I liked the colors in this set. Unfortunately, the first b&w seemed to have too much bright color in the original to give it enough contrast. Maybe if the decomposing log wasn't so bright the leaf would've popped more. But that's just my take.

    - Optimus Prime

  3. It's nice to see your work again. My favorite photos in this set are the ones with the odd plant. I'm not sure what that is, but it looks cool.

    If you liked these bands, you should check out the work done by Apocalyptica.

  4. Jake is currently taking a photography course as part of his graphic design program here at Ferris... I will encourage him to come on over here. I'm sure he has more to say about photography than I do. I rather like the strange flower you've captured though... I think I used to know the name of it, it looks very familiar.

    I thought I'd never see anyone post anything about Bond again! I used to be really into them, I had their first two CDs and the remix CD. I think I still have two of them around here somewhere, the third one got scratched I think. I won a website contest once in their fan club and got a whole bunch of goodies. Their version of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir is pretty cool.